Before you arrive

Here to support you

From visa application through to booking accommodation, you’ll be fully supported by our dedicated team every step of the way. We’ll ensure that you have all the information and support you need ahead of your move to the UK. We will provide you with information to prepare you for life in the UK; including information about what to pack, planning for your arrival, and how to make the most of your time at the Centre or College.

If you are enrolled on our Prepare for Success programme, you will receive guidance on what you need to do to get ready for your departure to the UK, or to start your studies online from your home country.

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Prepare for success

Are you excited to start your academic adventure with us and can’t wait for September? We've designed a free virtual preparation course to help you be as prepared as possible. Discover the study structures and academic skills you’ll need to succeed as an International Study Centre student, as well as learning more about your personal goals in order to get a head start once you begin your pathway.

By confirming your place with us today, we’ll email you an invitation to join the course. Get started by paying your confirmation fees and the first £6000 of your tuition fees in order to benefit from:

  • Valuable support in preparation for starting your pathway
  • The confidence to become an independent and effective learner
  • A welcoming international community with social meet-ups of fellow students
  • A safe space to practice your English and meet your classmates and teachers
  • Access to high-quality academic and English language materials
  • Personalised feedback from your tutors right at the start of your education journey

Essential pre-arrival tasks

Before you arrive at Durham University International Study Centre, you need to complete all the tasks in our pre-arrival checklist. 

Find out everything you need to know in our 2020 induction pack. It guides you through Welcome Week activities and other practical information about being a student at Durham.

Contact us with any questions, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. If you applied directly through us, your Student Enrolment Advisor can answer any questions you have about arriving at Durham. They can offer advice on living in in the UK, such as what you should pack in your suitcase, as well as organising airport transfers to provide a hassle-free trip to the International Study Centre.  We will also provide you with pre-arrival reading and preparation materials so you are fully prepared for your study abroad adventure.*

Pre-arrival checklist

Confirm your offer

View Fees to see what you need to pay to confirm your offer and to be issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS).

Arrange your visa

You can apply for your UK study visa once we have issued you with your CAS. Contact us if you have any questions. 

Confirm your accommodation

Please confirm your accommodation with our Accommodation Team as soon as possible.

Book your travel to the UK

You can book your travel to the UK when you receive your visa. You should fly to Newcastle or Durham Tees Valley.

For more information about the transfer options and prices please visit the fees page.

Your first day

You should aim to arrive at your accommodation up to two days before the start of term. 

Organise your insurance

It is essential that all international students have health, medical and personal insurance. Find out more about StudyCare insurance.

What will your first week be like?

What to pack for the UK

  • Essential documents
    • Passport and visa
    • UKVI Decision Letter
    • International Study Centre offer letter
    • CAS statement
    • Evidence of funding for your tuition fees and living costs
    • Accommodation documents
    • Four passport-sized photographs
    • Insurance documents (unless you use StudyCare)
    • Medical certificates and vaccination records
  • Medication
    • Prescription medications, with prescriptions translated into English
    • Essential toiletries – you can buy any other medicines and toiletries in Stockton-on-Tees 

  • Clothing

    Bring essential clothing for all weather conditions, including a warm coat. There is no dress code at the International Study Centre, so bring comfortable clothes like jeans, t-shirts and jumpers. Stockton-on-Tees has plenty of shops where you can buy any other clothing you need.

  • Other items
    • Computers: The International Study Centre has a fully-equipped IT room, so you do not need to bring your own computer. However, if you bring your own computer you will have the freedom to study in your bedroom and to access the Wi-Fi on Queen’s Campus. You can also buy a laptop from several shops in Stockton-on-Tees
    • Travel adapters: It is a good idea to bring a travel adapter with you, so that you can charge your phone and computer as soon as you arrive.
    • Personal items: You may also want to bring a few personal items, such as photos and books, to make you feel at home. 
    • Cash: It's useful to have some money in cash when you are travelling. We recommend about £50. 
    • Guardianship letter (if you're under 18).



You can buy anything else you need when you arrive in Stockton-on-Tees. The Teesside shopping centre is close to Queen’s Campus and has a wide range of shops where you can buy clothes, shoes, home furnishings, electrical items and groceries.

Information for new students

* Selected courses and International Study Centres only

Join us online

Benefit from over 100 hours of specialist free preparation, delivered virtually, by confirming your place and paying towards your fees. Find out about our virtual preparation course

An international student on a laptop at Durham University International Study Centre

Admissions support

Our free support service helps you through every stage of the application process, offering visa, accommodation and arrivals help in a variety of languages.

My favourite moment is actually meeting people from countries that I haven’t met so far. I have friends that are from South Korea, never had South Korean friends before, friends from Russia and also Azerbaijan. I’ve been to places like that but I’ve never had friends from there before. So, it’s a cool thing to have friends from different countries.

Arshjit from India
Studied International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering
Now studying BSc (Hons) Computer Science

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